Chapter 19: Unaccompanied And Unprotected: The Systemic Vulnerability Of Unaccompanied Migrant Children In South Africa

Kirsten Anderson, Kara Apland and Elizabeth Yarrow


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This chapter has been published in the book “The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Taking Stock after 25 Years and Looking Ahead”. The chapter focuses on the systemic vulnerability of unaccompanied migrant children in South Africa and draws on findings from the implementation of Coram International’s project in South Africa tackling unlawful detention of migrant women and children. The book is based on papers from the conference ‘25 Years CRC’ held by the Department of Child Law at Leiden University and draws together a rich collection of research and insight by academics, practitioners, NGOs and other specialists to reflect on the lessons of the past 25 years, take stock of how international rights find their way into children’s lives at the local level, and explore the frontiers of children’s rights for the 25 years ahead.